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Irish History for Dummies (For Dummies)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
From Norman invaders, religious wars--and the struggle for independence--the fascinating, turbulent history of a tortured nation and its gifted people When Shakespeare referred to England as a "jewel set in a silver sea," he could just as well have been speaking of Ireland. Not only has its luminous green landscape been the backdrop for bloody Catholic/Protestant conflict ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by For Dummies (first published January 18th 2006)
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Anna C
Mar 31, 2015 Anna C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
Got some weird looks at the checkout counter, but this was totally worth it.

You see, I want to understand the Troubles in Northern Ireland. However, all the books I have found are written by stodgy professors and intended for scholars who already speak Gaelic and can give the chemical composition of a pint of Guinness. Typically, when I need an easy introduction to a thorny topic, I go for a children's book (no joke). However, I had the hardest time finding kid's books on the IRA. Bizarre, right
Charles Shapiro
Apr 25, 2015 Charles Shapiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot about Irish history, and need to re-read it to actually learn the names of significant people and dates. I appreciated the last chapter that went into the top ten places to visit, ten people you never heard of from Ireland, but should have, and ten significant books.
Andrea Zuvich
OK, this book is written in a fun, engaging way which was fine. That being said, I specialise in the history of the Late Stuarts and I was concerned when I read about the Glorious Revolution. Oh dear. The book repeatedly refers to Mary II as James II's 'sister' when she was, in fact, his daughter! (page 208). I'm sure this can be attributed to the often confusing fact that James *did* have a sister, also named Mary, who married William II of Orange. This couple produced William III, who then in ...more
Apr 28, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ghastly mash up of anecdotal history, April 28, 2010
By Amy E. Henry (Nipomo, CA United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Irish History For Dummies (Paperback)
This was a subtext used in an anthropology class, and it is incredibly useless. There is no cohesive theme or element in the text: it jumps around in a flippant, jokey, childish tone (even cartoons) that minimizes the importance and relevance of what should be socially urgent information.

Time periods jumble around, the ja
Jenn Rogers
Jul 11, 2015 Jenn Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will definitely read again.
Jun 30, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Picked this up to get a better handle on some history of Ireland before trying to tackle some James Joyce. Cronin's written a pretty thorough but easily read book that gives a very broad overview of the history of Ireland. More than anything, though, I appreciate his writing style. He interjects small bits of humor here and there, which keeps the text from coming off too dry or boring. Definitely a good primer for someone just starting out with the history of the Emerald Isle.
Mar 11, 2012 Sonja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Irish History for Dummies right after I read The Complete Idiot's Guide to Irish History and Culture and even between those two books for Idiots/Dummies I already found different views on what really happened. Even though the Dummies book was more focussed on Irish History than the Idiot's guide, I still thought the Idiot's guide was more useful to me in understanding books on the subject of Irish history that I read while in Ireland.
Както всички книги от тази поредица и тази е написана на доста простоват, дори на моменти неуспешно шеговит език с всички позитиви и негативи от това. Чете се бързо и не изисква голяма концентрация. Моето мнение е, че една академично написана книга дава доста по-ясни представи за историята на което и да е, но в случая няма много избор.
Jurate Stanaityte
I've seen the criticism for this book but as a foreigner I'm glad I read it: should have done it much earlier. Read it before visiting Ireland for a richer experience :)
Jun 14, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is not the most engaging from the "Dummies" series, but it is clearly written and easy to understand. A good way to get information about Irish history, but definitely not the most entertaining way to get it.
Dec 02, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I chose this book as I was looking more for a neutral history of Ireland and it almost managed that. It provides a working knowledge on the history of Ireland that was nice to supplement my experiences there.
Frances Brand
Jun 05, 2016 Frances Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and well written
Nov 03, 2015 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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